Pawlet Town Hall, 1950

The Town Hall has served Pawlet’s town government continuously since it was built in 1881 and is the only public building in Pawlet to be listed in the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. See the National Park Service listing for more information.

In 2003 a major restoration project began when Pawlet voters decided by a margin of 3 to 1 not to pursue construction of a new town office building. Since then the first floor offices have been renovated and the entire building has been made ADA-compliant. The cupola has been fully restored, and the auditorium ceiling has been stabilized. In 2013 a fire stair was installed on the back of the building, and subsequently a heating system was installed. With these improvements the large upstairs auditorium can once again be used for community events.

In December 2017 the Town was awarded a grant from the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation for additional repair work on the auditorium’s historic painted ceiling. More information on the grant award is available here: Pawlet, Sudbury score historic preservation grants.

This $8,500 grant requires a 1:1 match. The Pawlett Historical Society has generously pledged the proceeds from its Fall 2017 annual appeal to help meet this match. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation towards the completion of this important project. Send checks payable to “Pawlet Town Hall Restoration” to Judy Coolidge, Treasurer, Town of Pawlet, Pawlet, VT 05761. 

Additional work will be required to fully restore this beautiful space. For an update on the status of this project, see: Pawlet Town Hall Restoration Summary, February 2018. Restoration work has been funded with a combination of town monies, various grants and private donations.

Use of Upstairs Auditorium for Community Events: The Town Hall has a second story auditorium that is available for community use. The Pawlet Select Board’s policy for use and rental agreement may be viewed here: Auditorium_Rental_Agreement.

For additional information, please contact  Deb Hawkins, Town Clerk,
802-325-3309 extension 1; pawletclerk@vermontel.net

PHS Event June 2016

The Town Hall auditorium was a fitting location for the program “Pawlet 100 years ago”

Pawlet One Hundred Years Ago, May 26, 2016, Pawlet Town Hall: The Pawlett Historical Society’s spring program featured Eileen Travell, Senior Photographer at the Metropolitan Museium of Art, who presented a slideshow and talk about Pawlet resident Nellie Bushee’s images of Pawlet during the later 19th and early 20th century.  Many community members turned out to journey back one hundred years in Pawlet and share memories.  Some people were able to identify certain residents and some of the homes and gardens captured on Nellie’s glass plates.